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Developing Alternative Assessments using the Benchmarks
Written from the perspective of a classroom teacher, this article describes a process for developing alternative assessments, provides examples of alternative assessment tasks and student responses, and illustrates the use of scoring rubrics. The examples use the AAAS Benchmarks for Science Literacy and the National Science Education Standards to identify learning goals. This resource is intended for use in the classroom by K-12 teachers.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Assessment / Evaluation
  • Text:
    • Periodical
  • Educational theory and practice
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and Other Restriction Information is Unknown.
DLESE Catalog ID: EVAL-TLKT-000-000-070
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Mr Daniel P. Shepardson
School of Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Purdue University

Publisher: National Science Teachers Association